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A Look at Alabama Math Scores: ‘We’re in Trouble’

Newly appointed state superintendent Michael Sentance, during his first work session, warned the Alabama Board of Education of a crisis in math education.

“We’re in trouble,” he said. 

The numbers he used as proof: scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, also known as the nation’s report card. Alabama’s fourth-graders landed in 52nd place in 2015. All fifty states, the Department of Defense (DoD) schools and the District of Columbia are included, making that dead-last ranking possible.